Nice Try, Though

Sometimes a building style is so identified with its original business that it’s hard to shake the association, even when the business is long gone. Here’s our photo gallery of bad building conversions around Indianapolis. Let us know about the ones you’ve spotted around town…
Former Pizza Hut
This Indian Restaurant on east 38th Street doesn’t disguise its former existence as a Pizza Hut very well.


Lums Restaurant
Peggy’s Restaurant can try all it wants, but it’s no Lums Restaurant.
Ponderosa
I’m not certain, but I think this Pawn shop used to be a Long John Silvers?
Taco Bell Dentist
Woo hoo! Let’s go to the Taco Bell Dentist!
Arthur Treachers?
Jen’s theory that this lighting store might be a former Arthur Treacher’s Fish and Chips is close, but I think it might not be the case after comparing the signs.
Arthur Treachers
Rancho Grande
It’s not really that obvious at first, but if you look at Rancho Grande Restaurant near 86th and Ditch, you can see it used to be a Chinese Restaurant
Tokyo Joes
They tried adding some Asian design adornment to the windows, but it’s pretty obvious that Tokyo Joe’s started life as a Noble Roman’s.
Lunh Buffet
However, they do have a great “Lunh Buffet.”
Joey's Produce
The Photo Mat at 86th and Ditch is now Joey’s Produce. They should probably take down the digital services sign to make the complete transformation.

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7 comments on “Nice Try, Though
  1. There’s a great website of photos like this from around the country at the website called “Not Fooling Anybody”
    http://www.notfoolinganybody.com/

  2. Greg says:

    How about all those check cashing places that used to be Roselyn’s?

  3. Yep, Roselyn’s is on our list of pictures to take. There’s also a great Dentist’s office/former Mexican restaurant on east Washington that’s just dying to be included here.

  4. Jen was suggesting that the Indiana Lighting Center on 38th and Lafayette might be a former Arthur Treacher’s but I think it’s slightly different.

  5. Jennifer says:

    Be careful not to judge an eatery by it’s outery! Have you been inside and given Tokyo Joe’s a try? The external package disguises one of my favorite places to drop in for some really great food, service, and atmosphere.
    (I love the “digital produce” pic, by the way — I never noticed that detail, even though I drive by all the time!)

  6. Lisa says:

    Stumbled upon this website after googling Tokyo Joes for their number. I busted a gut. Thanks for the laugh. The Pizza Hut building is frightening at best, but the food is better than Benihana and the people twice as nice.
    Oh, and the lunh was great too.

  7. Sabrina says:

    Don’t let the building discourage you if going to Tokyo Joes. They have the best food and friendliest service of any establishment of their kind.

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